A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At The Body Cafe, aestheticians, stylists, and nail technicians team up to enhance exteriors from head to toe. Starting at the top, stylists shear and dye locks according to the latest trends and each client's individual sense of style. Meanwhile, the salon's skincare experts employ an arsenal of pure botanicals and antioxidants to keep faces looking healthy and youthful. Waxings oust unwanted fuzz, and nail techs add flair to hands and feet with colorful manicures and pedicures. There are tanning beds on-site to give you the coppery glow of a penny in puppy love, and massage therapists to dispel stress via Swedish or deep-tissue massage.